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03-19-2013, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Tunnelundefaret View Post
There is some kind of curse when it comes to Norwegians and the NHL. Just not going to happen.
Bjørn Skaare - played one game, got injured and decided himself he wasn't ready although Red Wings wanted him on the team. When back to IHL? and never came back. Died in a traffic accident way too young.
Espen Knutsen - unfortunate bounce of the puck with fatal injury of spectator. Head first in the boards and career ending injury during / post lock out.
Patrick Thoresen - almost? lost a nut while covering a shot from the blueline. Never got the contract he deserved.
Anders Myrvold - on his way back to the NHL but got in some last minute visa trouble.
Holøs - had some unvise blog comments as I can recall- didn't bother fight back up from the AHL.
Olimb - hurt in fight with teammate - went back.
Zuke - injured when he finally was doing as he was told, and in Torts plans, now he's stuck it seems.
Tollefsen - not bothered it seems, even though offers were there.

As comes to the draft pick most likely to end up in the NHL - Søberg (GK) decided not show up on camp, leave his WHL junior team while under contract and went back Oslo without his playing card. Having a good season, but history is not with him.

Good thing is our national team ends up with NHL skilled players.
There is no doubt in my mind that Zuccarello could be a really good top 6 player in the NHL, but for the right team. The Rangers is not the right team as long as Tortoralla is the coach.

Actually I think the best for him right now is to stay calm, and finish his contract in the KHL. Next year he will be a UFA, and he could choose from other clubs than the Rangers. Pretty sure other NHL teams will show interest in him then. Maybe Maurice will return to the NHL and take Zuke with him.......

And he could always stay in the KHL or even return to Sweden and SEL.

Talking about other possible NHL players from Norway, you mentioned goalkeeper Søberg. His brother Markus could be the next norwegian NHL player, and people in Norway are speculating that Markus Søberg could be the first ever norwegien first rounder in the NHL Entry Draft... Plays for Frölunda and is only 17 years old.

And then of course the kid Mathias Emilio Pettersen.....Only 13 years old, but has some special talent. Maybe we will se him in the NHL?

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